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What conditions is moringa used to treat?

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While there is insufficient scientific evidence for the effectiveness of moringa, it is used to treat a variety of conditions and diseases, including arthritis, digestive problems and heart problems, among many others, according to WebMD. It is also used as a topical preparation to treat infections, bites and fungi, in addition to other conditions.

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Although native to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, moringa is farmed in the tropics as well. Many parts of the plant are used, including the bark, fruit, leaves, roots and seeds.

In addition to being used to treat joint pain due to rheumatism and arthritis, moringa is used for cancer, asthma, anemia and diabetes. The many digestive problems it is used to treat include diarrhea, constipation, intestinal spasms, stomach pain and intestinal and stomach ulcers. When applied topically, it is used to kill germs or as an astringent. It is used to treat abscesses, gum disease and the fungus that causes athlete's foot, and is often applied to warts, snakebites and other wounds.

When used appropriately and taken by mouth, moringa is possibly safe, as reported by WebMD. When eaten as food, the seeds, leaves and fruit may also be safe, but eating the root or any root extracts should be avoided, as they can be toxic and cause paralysis or even death. It is unknown whether or not medicinal amounts of moringa are safe, as there is insufficient information available. Pregnant women should avoid the use of moringa, as it is likely unsafe.

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